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After maintaining a quiet presence for quite a while, Magic Leap is finally feeling a bit more chatty, at least when it comes to what they’re sharing with developers.As the Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco this week, Magic Leap is opening up their “Creator Portal” to developers sharing their SDK, tutorials, design guidelines and forums.After agreeing to an arbitration clause you can dive into see more about what can be done on the Magic Leap One.The Lumin SDK is designed for Magic Leap’s operating system Lumin OS which we’re now learning is a custome OS built from open source and Linux-based components.Developers building in Unity and Unreal will have access to build for Lumin OS.It appears as thought the company’s App Store will be called Magic Leap World, there’s not a ton to go off of, but the site says that using it, developer can “create and manage your development team, then give them access to all of the tools they need to successfully share your creations with the world.”
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Mark Zuckerberg's name is ringing across Capitol Hill again, as politicians demand the Facebook founder testify to Congress in the wake of the social network's scandal with a data firm affiliated with the Donald Trump campaign.Facebook on late Friday disclosed that researchers from UK-based Cambridge Analytica had duped the social networking giant and stolen access to data from more than 50 million Facebook users through an app called "thisisyourdigitallife," which was then used for political ads during the 2016 presidential election.By Monday morning, multiple senators have demanded that Zuckerberg testify before Congress.But it's unclear whether it'll happen.While the government has summoned Facebook multiple times, Zuckerberg himself has never testified on these issues.In the past, Facebook has sent its general counsel Colin Stretch, Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management and other executives not named Mark Zuckerberg.
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I had to look twice.I'd just finished watching the seventh-seeded University of Nevada come back from being down 22 points with less than 11 minutes left in its March Madness game to beat second-seed Cincinnati, when a tweet appeared on my TweetDeck.It was from the university basketball team's Twitter account, and it read: "kljasdj;das;ew8fwer89ywef;hwero32p8efh;uasjkasd;asdhuasdiuasdjkhsd;ewioawethasdi;hasdfiohafioewrho;asdgasdgiohawoihawetb;agio;asdioawty8tiouhasgu;aefiohwe8yeroasdgj;basdghr3289y[ew;has;ads890y[fewaiohewohasuhasduhiodfsajkhasdfuior8yasjhafds;huasdu;hadsfioewhuewhuoafds8afs;hdhakdj.""What is this," was the first response, from a Twitterer called Sports Sidelined.To those more artistically inclined, it was clearly an expression of stunned shock at seeing what the university's team had just achieved.So pulsating that, for a moment, I forgot that Nevada's coach, Eric Musselman, used to coach the Golden State Warriors in very painful times.
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Adrian Lamo, a hacker known for his high-profile breaches of the New York Times, Microsoft, and Yahoo, has died, according to his family.He was 37 years old.“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead.A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son,” his father, Mario Lamo, wrote in a Facebook post.The county coroner for the area in Kansas where Lamo lived confirmed his death to ZDNet.The cause of death is not known.
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Following its appearance on the pre-order pages of two Polish retail sites, the Huawei P20 lite has now been announced in the Country.The phone and of course the rest of the Huawei P20 series have been subjects of many leaks for quite some weeks now, and while our eye was fixed on the March 27 unveiling date, the Huawei P20 Lite has been announced for the Polish Market.No, there wasn’t a special launch event for the device in the Country, instead, the company chose to silently list the Huawei P20 lite on its polish official website with detailed specifications, features and availability details.In terms of physical appearance, the Huawei P20 Lite looks more like the Huawei Honor 9 Lite, but for the presence of a screen notch the dual rear cameras orientation.Fitted with a 5.8-inch Full HD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, the Huawei P20 lite packs the Octa-core in-house Kirin 659 chipset coupled with MaliT830-MP2 GPU and 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB with microSD.The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 and powered by a 3000mAh battery which charges over the USB Type-C.
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A concept found deep at the heart of mathematics and computer science, idempotence is a highly valued attribute of operations that relates to their efficiency and effectiveness.An idempotent operation can be performed multiple times without changing the result beyond the initial application.In a simulation running on a screen projected overhead, problems occurred.The Service Desk managers decided how to fix those systems, and finally the IT Dept.then presented the fix to the game proctor, who either resolved the problem or penalized us if it was incorrect.There were many opportunities for things to go wrong.
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The self-employed are happier at work despite long hours and more uncertainty, a new study suggests.The research carried out by experts from the universities of Sheffield and Exeter showed self-employed people felt more engaged with their work, predominantly because they enjoyed more freedom to innovate and influence their working environments.Academics studied data collected from 5,000 workers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand across a number of sectors – including heath, finance and education.Further analysis was undertaken of employees across four job grades – non-managerial workers, supervisors, middle managers and senior managers and directors.The self-employed workers who took part in the research worked in a range of sectors, including management consultancy, financial services, retail, education, insurance and real estate.The study found that those who were self-employed were not only amongst the most engaged but also experienced greater opportunities for innovation, achieving challenging targets and meeting high standards.
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Ahead of the upcoming launch of the P20 range, Huawei is showing its previous P-series flagship some love by rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for the P10 and P10 Plus.News of the update arrives from Huawei Philippines’ official Facebook page.Very little information is included in the post but it appears that this is a global update, although this could be staggered by region – we’ll keep an eye out for further confirmation.We already know what to expect from the new Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 firmware thanks to a Huawei’s recent beta program for the two 2017 flagships.As well as standard Oreo features like Picture-in-Picture mode, notification dots, and much more, the update also brings with it a floating navigation dock, AI-based optimizations, and a host of other tweaks and cosmetic changes to Huawei’s custom UI.Judging by screenshots posted by Facebook users (below), the update brings the build number up to 8.0.0.360(C636) for the dual-SIM international model of both the standard P10 (VTR-L29) and the larger P10 Plus (VKY-L29).
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In what is a first not only for Afrika but the world, the country used a blockchain solution to tally, and provide proof of, the recently held elections in the country.The blockchain solution used was developed by a Switzerland based voting technology company, Agora.During the elections in Sierra Leone, Agora used their proprietary blockchain distributed ledger to keep track of the elections contested by 16 candidates.“Sorry for being silent the last days.The team is engaged in Sierra Leone’s presidential elections, and we are in Freetown with our partners, the European Commission, helping our blockchain node operators (Red Cross, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Fribourg) audit today’s election results.We are proud to announce that our results in the western district are 2 hours ahead of the National Election Commission and all NGOs, with 86% tallied.
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Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 after a long battle with ALS.On top of his contributions to physics, the scientific community and society at large, Hawkings was a prolific face in popular culture, appearing in a rich tapestry of content ranging from The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek and Pink Floyd in addition to being the subject of an Oscar-winning biopic.His family released a statement on Wednesday morning (14 March) confirming his death, noting that "his courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world".He leveraged BT's technology as a means of delivering a prosperous future and just 24 years later, the telecom firm serves information to customers through the internet in what is no doubt an execution of his vision in the ad.In the creative, Hawking appeared aboard a space craft gazing at the earth and the moon.In the year 2013, GoCompare started to realise that the public loathed its long-last mascot Gio Compario and ran a campaign in which prominent celebs were 'Saving the Nation' by running assassination attempts on the troublesome tenor.
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Most of us know smoking is not good for our health, increasing our risk of multiple cancers, heart disease and stroke.But now, a new large scale study has revealed it may also have a negative impact on our hearing.According to the study of more than 50,000 participants over eight years, smoking is associated with increased risk of hearing loss as we age.Even after adjusting for factors including occupational noise exposure, the researchers found smokers are 1.2 to 1.6 times more likely to develop hearing loss compared with people who have never smoked.This is the equivalent of smokers having around a 20% increased risk of hearing loss.To establish whether there is a link between smoking and hearing loss, researchers analysed data from annual health checkups, which included audio testing performed by a technician, and a health-related lifestyle questionnaire completed by each participant.
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Previously, Mozilla's browser would fetch website data from a cache stored on a PC's hard drive or SSD.The new version of Firefox, released Tuesday, gets a bit of a speed boost by seeing if it can get that information faster from the network.The feature is part of project called Quantum to speed up Firefox -- a project whose name Mozilla embraced for the time being with the Firefox Quantum product name."Now we can do better resource-loading decisions," said Mark Mayo, Mozilla's newly promoted chief product officer.For example, to ease the transition from today's IPv4 version of internet technology to the modernized IPv6, browsers and operating systems added a system called Happy Eyeballs that delivered network data from whichever network technology could deliver it fastest.Firefox helped restore competition in the browser market, but it's waned in popularity from a decade ago.
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Here’s another tidbit from Eddy Cue’s content-packed SXSW appearance yesterday.Along with a dive into Apple’s video content strategy, the company’s SVP offered up some insight into the health of its music streaming service.Cue noted that Apple Music has hit 38 million paid subscribers — an increase of two million since the company reported last month.It’s a steady increase, though Spotify’s still the undisputed leader — boasting nearly twice that number.Late last year, the Swedish streaming service reported that, of its 159 million users, 71 million are paid.Of course, Spotify got a serious head start, launching nine years ago (launching in 2011 in the States) to Apple Music’s 2015.
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Enhancing customer experiences continues to be a major priority for businesses, as only 36% of contact centers are currently able to track a customer journey that spans multiple channels.Yet of the 270 billion service calls made annually, 50% of first calls go unresolved.Autodesk employs a staff of 350 internal and external customer support agents who manage more than 1 million customer and partner interactions every year.Roughly half of those questions are simple customer queries that can easily be identified and answered — such as code requests, changes of address, contract problems, technical issues, activation code requests, and so on.Unfortunately, every time a customer service agent spends time helping one customer with a simple task, another customer must wait for them to finish that task in order to receive service.With the AI capabilities of IBM Watson conversational technologies, Autodesk is automating the resolution of simpler tasks, freeing up customer service staff to focus on more complex questions.
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When Honda unveiled the redone 2017 CR-V, one of its largest competitors -- the Toyota RAV4 -- was still rocking a body from the 2013 model year.But now, it's Toyota's turn to be the freshest crossover on the market.Toyota will debut the 2019 RAV4 SUV at the 2018 New York Auto Show at the end of March.The automaker offered no additional information, but it included a teaser image that shows off the new ute's shape, which doesn't appear too radically different than before.Simple formulae tend to work best in this segment anyway.Even though the current RAV4 is pretty old in Car Years, it's still performing great in terms of sales.
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As we replaced one of our test home wall switches with the new Ecobee Switch+, we found ourselves wondering the same thing.And does the $99 Switch+, now available for pre-order and in stores on March 26, satisfy the smart home junkie and Amazon Alexa fan?When it does go live, though, you’ll be able to see temperature information on the room where it’s installed.In other words, you could consider buying this device instead of an Echo Dot.We thought we’d feel funny talking to the wall, but we got over it.Third, using the videos or diagram provided, you connect the new switch.
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How have students responded to the news that members of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) - including many lecturers on campus - are striking to resist changes to their pensions?You would be forgiven if you mistook them for dissatisfied customers on the high street.“We pay a large amount for our tuition fees,” Conrad Whitcroft White, a student at my university, told the Guardian not long ago,and we expect the university in return to provide us with the appropriate education and to pay the staff effectively enough to give us an education.Reported in the same Guardian article are the words of Robert Liow, a student at King’s College London, describing his bluntly-titled campaign, Refund Our Fees:This campaign stands in solidarity with striking lecturers and academics.
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The right to be forgiven will soon be more important than the right to be forgottenA colleague recently excused himself from a meeting because he had to go and judge a robotics contest.We're observed and recorded everywhere we go online thanks to cookies, certificates and loyalty codes.All of that goes into databases - "vast and cool and unsympathetic" - waiting for data scientists to algorithmically augur the entrails of our comings and goings, the better to render judgement on our potential for future acts of commerce.We want to believe these judgements have been constructed along purely capitalist lines.To make that judgement, robots use techniques developed in the early years of the century, as security agencies worldwide worked out how to winnow the chaff from an increasing torrent of communications traffic.
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St Ives Group has merged three of the agencies under its umbrella, mirroring the current trend of consolidation at big agencies.Response One, Amaze One and Occam will, from 19 March, be known as Edit in an effort to unite the group's data science and marketing technology to power through-the-line CRM and media for its clients, such as Cosmos Travel, Azzurri Group, Pizza Hut as well as auto firms like Citroen, Fiat and JLR.In bringing the three businesses together and combining 200 staff across Bath and Manchester, Edit's chief executive Damian Coverdale claimed the company will be able to "deliver results across the entire consumer journey, from awareness and acquisition to retention, repurchase and advocacy".He went on to explain: "Disruptive technologies, complex consumer journeys and the speed of change make engagement today extremely challenging.Brands address this by coordinating marketing across internal teams, specialist agencies and numerous channels often resulting in inefficiencies and a lack of effectiveness."The consolidation comes days after the group announced that it is curtailing its marketing activation division with the £6m sale of numerous assets to SelmerBridge.
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Good news if you’re worried about a robot taking your job: it turns out even mechanical laborers need a break.Only a single shift into its career at the CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena, California, this week, Flippy the robot burger-flipper is going on hiatus, reports USA Today.The bot, created by startup Miso Robotics, made its debut earlier this week assisting in CaliBurger’s kitchen by flipping patties on the grill.According to reports, the robot did its job well but was such a hit with customers that Miso Robotics is giving Flippy time off over the weekend for some upgrades.According to Miso spokeswoman Stephanie Cirigliano, the company needs to perform tests on the robot “to make sure the location can fulfill a large number of orders.” Cirigliano told USA Today that it will put Flippy back on burger duty next week, but it’ll only be for a limited time each day (between 11AM and 2PM to help cover the lunchtime shift).Flippy is more of an automaton than a human replacement.
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